The foster care system in Washington state needs some work. Let's work together to make a difference.
The Foster Innovation Lab exists to inspire positive change within foster care by creating a culture of innovation, creativity, and shared learning. We do this by clarifying challenges, facilitating collaboration, and promoting better conversations.
We have just completed our six-month alpha phase and are excited by the momentum we see.
It impacts all of us.
There are currently over 9,000 kids in out-of-home care, meaning that they live with either a relative, family friend, or in a licensed foster home. They are your children's classmates. There are more than 4,600 licensed foster homes and 2,700 Children's Administration employees across the state. These are your neighbors, coworkers, and friends. The 2015-2016 Children's Administration budget was $583,000,000. These are your tax dollars. 25% of former foster youth end up homeless and children that have been in the foster care system are between 4-10 times more likely to commit a crime. This is your community.